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Classical Pick of the Week: What It's Like to Be a Gay Composer

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We've got two FREE performances for this week! If you're free on Friday, head on over to the New West Hollywood Library for a fun way to finish off West Hollywood's Pride month. The Pacific Serenades will be showcasing the works of three gay composers that you might be familiar with: Mark Carlson, Miguel del Aguila and Laura Karpman. Musicologist Byron Adams will give a lecture on what it is like to work as a gay composer, and the program includes Mark Carlson's Short Stories for string quartet, Laura Karpman's Different Lanes for string quartet and iPad, and Miguel del Aguila's Pacific Serenade for string quartet and clarinet. Free admission, just RSVP at (213) 534-3434. The concert starts at 8 pm.

If you're interested in checking out/supporting Pacific Serenades, they've got another concert this Tuesday at 8 pm. It's a repeat of an earlier performance, with Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" String Quartet no. 14, and works by Hugo Wolf and Justin Morell. The concert takes place at the UCLA Faculty Center at 405 N. Hilgard Ave. and you can get tickets here.

For those unfamiliar with Classical Revolution LA, it's a group that promotes chamber music in relaxing/fun environments, including coffee shops, lounges, clubs, or other small venues. This Saturday from 5 to 7 pm you can check them out for free with your favorite alcoholic beverages at the Silverlake Lounge. The Vista Brass Quintet is performing.

The Disney Hall season is quickly drawing to a close, and if you missed out on Dudamel, he's conducting the world premiere of John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary, a Nativity oratorio with libretto from Peter Sellars, "juxtaposing biblical narratives with contemporary meditations, images, and deeply challenging experiences. Sellars’ new libretto includes words of five extraordinary women - Louise Erdrich, Dorothy Day, Rosario Castellanos, June Jordan, and Hildegard - which are set by Adams with vivid expressive power." Performances this Thursday and Friday at 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.